Recently promoted to START Resource Center Manager, Lindzie Foster has worked for The Arc of Chemung for almost a decade. Lindzie began her career working at an Intensive Care Facility and later transferred to a Vocational Specialist and Community Job Center Program Coordinator in order to use her degree in Special Education. When Lindzie planned to move out of town after 8 years with The Arc, she didn’t think that she could stay with the agency. She started to look at opportunities in Dansville, NY and the Resource Center popped up in a search!
Lindzie has now worked for START, a program of The Arc of Chemung, for a year and a half. “I like how positive and interactive the Resource Center is,” she stated. One of the things that is highlighted at the Resource Center is trauma informed approaches and receiving enhanced training, in areas like trauma informed care and positive psychology, helps to better support guests at the Resource Center.
Lindzie added “I like how collaborative the START program is and how we really do have a large system that reaches past The Arc of Chemung. It involves other agencies, it involves other families, even bus drivers. It can involve everyone.” By including members of the guest’s Circle of Support, the START model enhances communication and consistency around the person. Best practices are developed and relayed. Everyone works together to create a stronger network.